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John Barnett Claidhealmh-mor Highland Sword
57" overall. 42" sharpened EN45 sprung steel carbon blade. Traditional claymore tang construction make this a superb fully functional, historically accurate sword.
brown wood handle with wheel shaped pommel.
The highland claymore or 'claidheamh-mor' meaning great sword was a unique and destinctive weapon. The sword itself was a two-handed type with swept down guards terminating with quatrefoils- four iron
circles usually braised together. Metal strips called langlets ran down from the centre of the guard over the blade, the upper section of the guard usually formed a socket into which the wooden grip could be inserted for strength.
Pommels were wheel shaped but could be spherical on later claymores. Although fairly common in the 16th and early 17th centuries the claymore became obsolete as the increased in firearms lead to protective body armour being abandoned in favour of greater mobility on the battlefield. Many of these great swords had their blades shortened and were re-hilted as basket hilted broadswords.
40" Overall with a 33" sharpened, double edged high carbon steel blade.
The basket hilted broadsword was well known weapon throughout Europe from the 1500's onwards. it was a logical development in the direction of hand protection.
29.5" Overall with a 23" unsharpened, stainless blades. All metal fittings with a black ABS leather effect handle. Wooden scabbard with black stitched leather wrapping and polished cast metal fittings.
38" overall. 29" unsharpened, tapering stainless blade with flexible tip. Black composition handle with silver finish cast metal guard and pommel. White cord tassels. Black composition scabbard with silver finish cast metal mounts. Ideal for Tai chi kata practice, nicely balanced, lightweight.